Ending 2012 and moving along into 2013 the MLC (Monday Lunch Club) decided to continue on a Memphis vintage theme so the call was made to go to TJ Mulligans. You can’t really go wrong at any Mulligans so we decided to keep it downtown. The call went out to meet at the Pinch district location. TJ Mulligans has been in town with open doors since 1989 and now has 4 locations.
I remember a few words of wisdom a few years back from the owner. He stated when he was opening the first Mulligans that the kitchen would stay open for the late night crowd. In theory his idea was, if the kitchen is open, then people will come, people will stay and people will eat. I remember him talking about how many nights this commitment was painful, but in the long run, it all paid off. People really will eat if the kitchen is open. Again, this place has survived the test of time especially after the Pyramid shut it’s door. Things are looking up for the Pinch with the commitment of Pro Bass taking over the Pyramid. The MLC had a larger than normal turnout for this Mulligans date, but it didn’t prevent the wait staff from handling all of our wishes very efficiently.
I was particularly honored that my daughter was in town and was able to attend this crazy MLC crowd. After all, before running off to Grad school she was known to occasionally attend the original lunch crowd during the days of the Heavenly Hoagie.
Kristy, my daughter, is in her second year of Grad school at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is on her way to getting her PhD in Clinical Psychology, which is really great for the MLC. We have already asked for a group discount, friends and family plan. If she ever decided to do some charity work later on in life, I’m sure our crowd could challenge the best. Well they say, when the kids leave to go off to school they usually return with extra company. Kristy was no exception to this myth, only she brought home a genuinely good guy. For now the MLC has decided to call him the Dolphin Whisperer. Dolphin Whisper is a smart guy that can and will hold a good conversation at any level with any crowd. A nice quality not always present in today’s world. Dolphin Whisperer’s future is taking him to the Florida Keys to study Dolphin habits involving Experimental Physiology. We should just leave it at that because I know I will lose everyone if I get into details. It’s hard to feel sorry for Dolphin Whisperer since his daily uniform will consist of flip flops and board shorts not to mention the poor guy’s only accessories might be a drink cozy, dive mask and a bright colored beach towel. Keep us up to date Dolphin Whisperer, we will be looking forward to hearing from you. Good luck in the Keys and don’t fight the urge to become a Miami Dolphins fan.
The next Monday we ended up at the Crazy Noodle on Madison. For me this was the first time out in daylight after a weekend in bed fighting the crazy funk that’s been going around town. I went to the doctor but unfortunately there was not much to do for these annoying elements that were clogging my head. The Crazy Noddle sounded good since most of us have never been there. I don’t know how the lunch call was made but I’m sure glad that someone prescribed this head therapy. I ordered something that sounded good and that a gentleman at a nearby table was eating. It’s always fun searching for exciting flavors. You can usually count on getting some good advice from regular customers and if you happen to glance and see a dish that looks appetizing, don’t hesitate to ask your server, after all, a visual is hard to beat. We ordered a Vege-jean for starters. I gotta tell ya it was really fresh and tasty. The “I can’t remember the name" soup I had was far better than going to the doctor’s office and getting some medicine. After a bowl of this nice and spicy noddle soup, I felt a million bucks better.
I was a little reserved in the beginning but the results of the flavor combinations were deep and soulful. Again I was honored to have my daughter with us at MLC. She really makes life a little simpler and I have to be one of the luckiest dads on the planet. The conversations we have today are usually always fun and she has a great sense of humor. Her comedian ways mixed with her approachability are coming out and it won’t be long before she will hold an entire room’s attention. Or has that already happened and I’m slow to recognize?
We also got the great news that Valorie will be working as a nurse in the very near future at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. This is where she wanted to work since she has been in nursing school so bravo to her. Le Bonheur is adding a valuable asset and I know she will compliment their staff. Congratulations Valorie!
After Lunch Kristy and I started some running around town. We decided that we were going to put Aunt T’s meatballs to good use and have Monday night meatball subs while we watch the BCS bowl game. These meatballs that my sister makes are legendary. They are not complicated and they are moist, soft and full of passion that shows in every bite. Good bread usually calls for La Baguette Bakery on Poplar, so Kristy and I headed that way. As we passed Wiles-Smith Drug Store on Union Ave we had to slam on the brakes and dive into the place for a long overdue, awesome milkshake. A nice gentleman by the name of Oscar made us one of the best chocolate shakes I have ever had. Kristy and I were ooooing and aaaaing as we slurped up the fantastic shakes. We sat at the counter and had a wonderful conversation with Oscar. It was largely concentrated on the fact that a mere mention of milkshakes can put a smile on just about anybody. You have to get there before 3 pm, so it makes it even more sought after since there is a time constraint to get these wonderful, masterful shakes. Well this is how a Monday afternoon should be, Good lunch with great friends, an awesome shake with a cool daughter, and a trip to the bakery for great bread, the best meatballs in the world from my sister Aunt Tee, HD-TV with a BSC Bowl game…….. Priceless....
362 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103
The Crazy Noodle
2015 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Wiles-Smith Drug Store
1635 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38104